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Being "in" the world but not "of" the world
By John W. Worman
Friday, February 08, 2002

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Seems that the idea of being "in" the world but not "of" the world leads us to a great amount of confusion. Yes, our culture teaches us to keep our hands "busy" and "constructive." Zen also teaches us to live in the world by "chopping wood and carrying water", e.g. our daily tasks, busy and hopefully constructive. However, I submit, Zen would also teach us to hold our minds in tranquillity and not be caught up in the ripples and tides caused by the comings and goings in the world. In other words, Zen teaches us to be a participator in the world, but not a reactionary in the kind of world that culture necessarily teaches us. Yes, all this needs more than just a little explanation.

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Reviewed by Henry Miranda 8/2/2007
This world belongs to Satan and his demons. We gave up this world to be joint heir with Jesus in Gods kingdom which is not of this world, but which is coming soon. This world is in darkness because it does not see or want to see God as the creator. When we were in this world, we stumbled along in the dark, because we did not have our spiritual eyes open, and we could not see the path God had laid out to us. Those that are in the world are children of darkness. We used to be children of darkness until we came into the light with Christ. Them we were transformed from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God. Saints are the children of the light; the wicked are the children of darkness. henry

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